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Addressing violence against children online and offline

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This paper calls for actors working to end violence against children to situate online violence within the broader violence against children agenda. This requires a common conceptual framework that addresses violence in all areas of children’s lives, improved data collection efforts and integrated implementation guidance for prevention.

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Fig. 1: Online or offline violence against children?
Fig. 2: The integrated child-centred framework.

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The authors thank the many colleagues who provided feedback, knowledge and support during the writing of this Comment. We extend our sincere appreciation to P. Idele and R. Subrahmanian at UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti and to S. Blight at UNICEF New York Headquarters, who provided continuous guidance and support throughout the writing process. Thanks also go to H. Taylor, S. Rakotomalala and A. Crocker at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and to I. Drennan at the UK Home Office for their helpful reviews of the manuscript. Conversations with D. Finkelhor at University of New Hampshire and J. Mercy at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided invaluable insights based on decades of experience working on violence against children, which helped us refine some of the key arguments in our Comment. Colleagues at the World Health Organization, leading on violence prevention across the globe, provided excellent feedback that helped us refine the content and ground it further in existing research on violence against children. Thanks go to E. Krug, A. Butchart and B. Kieselback for their crucial inputs. Finally, we deeply value the insightful and critical reflections provided by E. Allen, Chair of the Board of the WePROTECT Global Alliance, who helped inform our thinking at the early stage.

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Kardefelt-Winther, D., Maternowska, C. Addressing violence against children online and offline. Nat Hum Behav 4, 227–230 (2020).

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